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May 2, 2018

How Detroiters Are Shaping a Post-Industrial Riverfront Park

Sure, sometimes, the 22-acre space comes alive for the occasional outdoor concert, but for the most part, Detroit’s West Riverfront Park is pretty desolate compared to the city’s RiverWalk, just a few miles east and home to lush wetlands vegetation, family-friendly playgrounds and volleyball courts and spacious walkways that welcome three million visitors a year […]

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April 18, 2018

Detroit Future City exec to lead new Center for Nonprofit Support

Detroit Future City’s deputy director, Allandra Bulger, has been named executive director of the first-of-its-kind nonprofit support and innovation center in development for Detroit, following a national search. The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation is putting more than $5 million in grants over the next few years behind the center and has tapped the TechTown […]

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April 4, 2018

Right-on-Time Philanthropy at Ralph C. Wilson: Big Money Meets a Looming Problem

In 2016, NPQ wrote about the founding of the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation in Michigan. The emergence of the new philanthropy was made notable by a number of factors, including its $1.2 billion endowment and the fact that it will sunset or spend down within twenty years of its founding.

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April 2, 2018

Child’s Play: Why Are More Foundations Giving for Playgrounds and Skateparks?

Play is critically important to a child’s development. Kids learn how to interact with the world around them through play. It helps them learn the cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills that they need to thrive. Play is considered so essential to child development that the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights see it […]

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March 29, 2018

Turnaround Job: A Foundation Backs Inclusive Innovation in a “Transitioning” Region

It can be difficult for philanthropy, often based in wealthy coastal cities, to meaningfully address middle America’s ongoing economic plight. Since the 2016 election, as we’ve often observed, many funders have begun paying closer attention to those challenges. But the geographic disconnect remains.

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March 27, 2018

Buffalo Trailblazers Issue- Mary Wilson: Continuing the Legacy

With the impending sale of the Buffalo Bills in 2014, most fans were united in anxiety over a single question — would the team be sold to an owner who would relocate the beloved franchise? It was a question that hung in the air for several years preceding the death of Ralph C. Wilson Jr., founding owner of the hometown team, and it intensified upon his passing in March 2014 at age 95. With so much focus on the negative possibilities surrounding […]

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March 20, 2018

Ralph Wilson Foundation Launches STEM Initiative in New York, Michigan

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation has announced the launch of STEM 2035, an initiative aimed at strengthening the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) pipeline in western New York and southeast Michigan.

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March 19, 2018

Tackling STEM gap is next goal of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Under-served youths interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math will be getting assistance through a new program announced Monday by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. STEM 2035 is an initiative that will grant funding and technical assistance to existing after-school and summer programs in western New York and southeast Michigan; regions that […]

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March 15, 2018

Finding New Ways for Kids to Play is Part of a Winning Strategy

Having room to roam, to dream about the future and to imagine a better world—that is what the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation sees as the reasons for investing in public play spaces in communities that truly need them. Recently, the organization announced Built to Play, an initiative focusing on children and youth in Western […]

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March 15, 2018

Detroit’s Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Partners with MIT for Inclusive Innovation Challenge

The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation in Detroit and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology today announced that the foundation will support the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and its annual Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC). The program seeks to identify and promote entrepreneurial organizations in North America that are using technology to improve economic opportunity […]

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